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Sluggish Start Dooms Miners In Loss At Tulsa 66-45

TULSA, Ok. – Katarina Zec (season-high 16 points) and Zuzanna Puc (13 points) each reached double figures in scoring but a slow start proved fatal in UTEP’s 66-45 setback at Tulsa Saturday afternoon.

The Miners (3-10) dug themselves a 20-point hole (25-5) through 10 minutes of action and could never recovery against the Golden Hurricane (6-7). UTEP won the second (11-10) and third quarters (18-14) before being outpaced slightly (17-11) in the final frame.

The Orange and Blue were without their second-leading scorer (Ariona Gill), who missed the contest with an injury. Freshman Sabine Lipe started in her place, contributing a career-best six assists and three boards. UTEP finished at 32.7 percent (18-55) from the floor, recording 13 assists on its 18 made field goals. It also took decent care of the ball with 15 turnovers, but the first quarter was too much to overcome.

“We lost the game in the first quarter,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “I’m disappointed and certainly we’ve got to start off games better than that.”

Rebounding favored Tulsa slightly (36-33), but the Miners enjoyed a 26-20 cushion for points in the paint. Jade Rochelle set the tone for the Orange and Blue on the boards by grabbing a team-best seven caroms. In terms of scoring, Jordan Alexander (seven points), Ariana Taylor (five points) and Rochelle (four points) followed after Zec and Puc.

TU connected on 42.3 percent (22-52) from the field, including 7-17 from distance. Alexis Gaulden (21 points, six assists) led the way for her squad. She was buoyed by Kendrian Elliott (12 points) and Desiree Lewis (10 points).

Tulsa opened up the game on a 17-3 push, including scoring the first seven points in the contest. The Miners endured a stretch of more than five minutes without a field goal, before a lay-up from Jade Rochelle halted the stretch. The damage had been done, though, with the home side up by 20 (25-5) through 10 minutes of action.

It was a much more competitive second quarter, with the Miners actually outscoring TU by one (11-10) in the frame. Katarina Zec and Zuzanna Puc did almost all of the work, combining to account for nine of UTEP’s 11 points in the quarter.

The Orange and Blue continued to play well in the second half, particularly in the middle of the third quarter. UTEP peeled off 11 consecutive points over a four-minute span in the frame, reducing a 22-point deficit (40-18) all the way down to 11 (41-30). TU finally stopped the sequence with a pair of free throws. UTEP was able to get within 11 on two more occasions in the period before the home side reinstated order by wrapping a 6-0 surge over the quarter change. The Miners battled in the final frame, but couldn’t get closer than 14 down the stretch.

UTEP christens Conference USA action by competing at UTSA at 1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT on Jan. 5. The game will be the first of three straight on the road to begin league play, with match-ups at North Texas (1/10/19) and Rice (1/12/19) to follow.

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Puc Garners C-USA Player Of Week Award

IRVING, Tx- Sophomore Zuzanna Puc has been named as the C-USA Player of the Week, the league office announced Sunday. It is the first weekly award for the Miners this season and the initial such accolade for Puc in her career.

She averaged 23.0 points-on 63.0 percent (17-27) shooting- 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists to help UTEP forge a perfect 2-0 record on the week, including toppling co-leading leading WKU in the regular-season finale for both squads. Her efforts helped the Miners go from a precarious hold of 12th place to securing a nine seed for the upcoming 2018 C-USA Championships (Wednesday-Saturday).

“Zuza has been capable of having a great week like this all season,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “I’m glad to see her feel great and play well. We are finally getting to see a semi-healthy Zuza and the things she can do when she is not in pain.”

Puc got the week going by pouring in a career-high 27 points on 9-15 shooting, including a career-best 2-2 from 3-point range to aid UTEP in securing a wire-to-wire 86-70 victory against FIU on March 1. She added 11 rebounds for her second double-double this season, in addition to a trio of helpers in 31 minutes of action.

The native of Poznan, Poland, followed that up by coming off the bench again to contribute 19 points, six boards and a personal-high five assists-with zero turnovers-in 31 instrumental minutes in the 80-75 triumph against the Lady Toppers. The two victories allowed UTEP to close out league play in style while also securing its first winning streak in league play this year.

Puc and the rest of the Miners will be back in action when they lock up with eighth-seeded Southern Miss in the opening round of the league’s pinnacle event at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST Wednesday.

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UTEP’s Puc Named C-USA Women’s Basketball Freshman Of The Week

UTEP women’s basketball forward Zuzanna Puc has been tabbed the Conference USA Freshman of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday. Puc averaged nine points and seven boards while helping UTEP earn a split in its mini homestand.

“I’m happy for Zuzanna,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “She’s in the gym a lot putting extra work in and it’s paying off.”

The 6-2 forward played a big role in the Miners’ 84-74 win against Marshall (1/28/17), recording a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). She was relentless on the glass, finishing with more offensive boards (six) than defensive (five). She also swatted a pair of shots-on a single possession- to match her career high. Puc had started the week by pitching in five points, three rebounds and two steals in the 71-54 setback to league-leader Western Kentucky (1/26/17).

Puc is the first Miner to win the award since Lulu McKinney did so a trio of occasions during the 2014-15 campaign.

Puc and the rest of the Miners will return to action by playing at UAB a 6 p.m. MST/7 p.m. CST Thursday, with Duke Keith on the call for 600 ESPN El Paso.

It will mark the first of four straight league games, something UTEP hasn’t done since its first year (2005-06) as a member of C-USA.

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UTEP Thunders Past Marshall 84-74 at the Haskins Center Saturday Afternoon

All five starters reached double figures in scoring and UTEP used a huge second quarter to power past Marshall, 84-74, at the Don Haskins Center Saturday afternoon.

The Thundering Herd (12-8, 4-5 C-USA) led 17-12 after 10 minutes of action but the Miners (6-14, 3-5 C-USA) had a +20 differential (30-10) in the second quarter to cruise into the locker room armed with a 42-27 advantage. The cushion swelled to as many as 21 (56-35, 4:40 3Q) and the visitors never truly threatened the rest of way.

Sparkle Taylor (25 points, four assists), Tamara Seda (15 points, 12 rebounds), Zuzanna Puc (12 points, 11 rebounds), Katarina Zec (career-high tying 11 points, career-high five assists) and Lulu McKinney (10 points, six assists) keyed the charge for the Miners.

UTEP shot 40.8 percent (29-71) from the floor, won the boards (46-45) and converted 19 Marshall turnovers into 28 points to secure a big bounce-back win. The Miners racked up 23 assists on the 29 made field goals while also committing only 13 turnovers.

Shayna Gore tallied a game-high 26 points to pace the Herd, but no other Herd player had more than 11 points.

“I’m really proud of our team and we needed this win,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “To have five players in double figures, that was huge. We had a great second quarter; it’s probably the best 10 minutes of basketball we’ve played this year. I thought it was a gut check game. Our young team is starting to understand our system and gaining a lot of experience.”

The 30-point burst was the Miners’ second-highest scoring total in a quarter (32 vs. WNMU) this year and ranks four on the program’s single-game records.

Jakeira Ford (five points), Ax Bernard (three points, two rebounds) and Faith Cook (two assists, no turnovers) made some contributions at key times to help buoy the starters.

It was back-and-forth play for most of the opening frame, with three ties and three lead changes, before Marshall used consecutive three pointers (McKenzie Akers, 1:35 & Gore, 00:39) to surge ahead by five (17-12). The difference remained five (19-14, 9:28 2Q) before a Taylor jumper and an old-fashioned three-point by Ford (assist to Cook) knotted the contest at 19.

Marshall nailed another triple to regain the lead but UTEP ripped off eight straight points to vault back ahead. The Miners were just getting warmed up, though, with a 9-0 run late in the quarter essentially delivering the knockout punch.

The visitors had aspirations of mounting a comeback, but UTEP kept its composure even as the Herd made some charges. Marshall managed to trim the deficit to eight on a pair of occasions but it could get no closer.

The Miners will now face the daunting task of playing four straight league road games for the first time since 2005-06 (initial year in C-USA). Upon conclusion of the trip, UTEP will have had seven of nine away from home. The sequence starts at UAB at 6 p.m. MST/7 p.m. CSTThursday, with Duke Keith on the call for 600 ESPN El Paso.

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